The Radiant Road by Katherine Catmull

The Radiant Road (Penguin Young Readers 2016) is a recent YA fantasy novel by Katherine Catmull. Our protagonist is fourteen-year-old Clare, daughter of a traveling geologist. After moving about the United States, Clare and her father return to her birthplace of Ireland, back into the ancient, mysterious stone home in which she was born, where her mothers … Continue reading The Radiant Road by Katherine Catmull

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Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book One: The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

It's books like this that tempt me to give up writing forever. Because, seriously, why even try to compete against this genius? Rick Riordan is the best writer for young adults that I've read in probably a decade. (And I've read a lotttt of YA. Especially in the last decade.) I'll rewind to the very beginning. As a … Continue reading Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book One: The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

Nobody’s Princess by Esther Friesner

In Nobody’s Princess, we meet the young Helen of Sparta, as author Esther Friesner imagines her to have been, before she became the Iliad’s Helen of Troy. Inspired by Sparta’s later practices to train girls in athletics and warfare, Friesner paints Helen as a feisty and fearless would-be warrior maiden, as well as possessing her legendary physical … Continue reading Nobody’s Princess by Esther Friesner